Old Pinakothek Munich
When visiting Munich, the Alte Pinakothek is a must, especially for art lovers. The art museum, which opened in 1836 after ten years of construction, is one of the largest and most important museums in the world. The huge collection contains countless masterpieces of European painting from the most important art eras. German painters such as Albrecht Dürer or Albrecht Altdorfer are represented in the Alte Pinakothek as well as world-famous Dutch, French and Italian painters. One of the most important showpieces in the museum is the extensive Rubens collection.
Famous galleries as role models
Various famous galleries in Rome and St. Petersburg served as a model for the huge castle-like museum building. After the Alte Pinakothek was badly destroyed in World War II, it was rebuilt in the 1950s. Extensive construction work for the energetic refurbishment of the entire building is expected to take place in the Alte Pinakothek, in which more than 30,000 paintings are currently on view, by 2018. The Alte Pinakothek has barrier-free entrances and four elevators. There is also plenty of seating available for visitors inside the museum.
Part of the Bavarian State Painting Collections
The Alte Pinakothek is part of the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlungen, which also includes the Neue Pinakothek, the Modern Art Collection in the Pinakothek der Moderne, the Schack Collection and numerous other Bavarian galleries.
The world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Germany. It stands on a rugged rock near the Bavarian town of Füssen.
Information about Neuschwanstein Castle
In 1869, construction began on the impressive building, also known as the fairytale castle. The Bavarian King Ludwig II had the structure built, which was supposed to resemble a medieval knight’s castle. The king could only live in this castle for a few months before he died.
The tour of Neuschwanstein Castle
The fairytale castle Neuschwanstein is one of the most famous sights in Germany. The building is visited by many vacationers as part of their private trips. But the building is also very interesting for those taking part in study trips. The castle can be visited all year round.
The singing and throne rooms
The two largest rooms of Neuschwanstein Castle are the singing and throne rooms. The medieval knight and love culture should be illustrated in the singers’ hall. The throne room is decorated with wall paintings by Wilhelm Hauschild. There is a magnificent mosaic on the floor. The candlestick that hangs in this room is reminiscent of a Byzantine crown.
King Ludwig II had Neuschwanstein Castle built because he wanted a private retreat. Today the unique building fascinates many visitors. More than a million guests let themselves be spellbound by this building every year.
German Museum Munich
The Deutsches Museum is one of the most important attractions in Munich. Locals as well as tourists from all over the world don’t want to miss out on the largest science and technology museum in the world – and for good reason. After all, over 30,000 different exhibits from 50 different areas of science and technology can be admired here on an exhibition area of more than 73,000 square meters. The huge museum opened in 1925 on the Museum Island in the middle of the Isar, for which it is best to take several days to visit, is examined by more than 1.5 million people every year. Visitors can explore the museum either “on their own” or as part of one of the more than 2,000 guided tours.
Experiments bring science to life
In countless exciting experiments at more than 2,000 interactive stations, adult and young visitors to the museum can bring natural science to life. The historical development of the natural sciences is presented in the Deutsches Museum just as extensively as the importance of the different techniques. The museum, whose large tower can be seen from afar, has its own planetarium and a huge library with almost 900,000 media. The other numerous attractions of the Deutsches Museum in Munich include the high-voltage system and the first X-ray tube by Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen.
Bayreuth Music Festival
The Bayreuth Music Festival has long been an integral part of the German cultural calendar. The festival, which took place for the first time in 1876 and celebrated its 100th edition in 2011, is held annually in the festival hall on the “Green Hill” in Bayreuth and lasts from the end of July to the end of August. The festival consists of 30 different performances each year. Various productions of the numerous works by the composer Richard Wagner, who initiated the festival in 1876, are always shown. The total of 58,000 available tickets are sold out within a very short time each year. The performances already start in the afternoon and, due to the length of the productions, usually also include a one-hour break.
The Bayreuth Music Festival has been headed by Katharina Wagner, Richard Wagner’s great-granddaughter, since 2015. The sometimes spectacular but also unorthodox stagings of Wagner’s works have often caused a stir and a great media coverage in recent years. In addition to the Wagner productions, which attract numerous celebrities every year – including the German Chancellor Angela Merkel – the organizers of the music festival, which is famous far beyond Germany’s borders, always provide a large and varied supporting program for children and adults on the legs.